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Vintage Merlin DeMay series event at Fishers Green Sailing Club

by Godfrey Clark 15 May 2019 05:26 PDT 11 May 2019

With an ideal northerly wind direction, the home boats were joined by a disappointing number of visitors. The race team had no trouble setting a true beat the full length of the lake giving a 1.2 km upwind leg with two runs and a reach to complete the lap.

The course remained similar for the afternoon race with the breeze giving occasional strong gusts to promote some flat out planing under spinnaker and the long beat holding true. Bad Dog was first to lead but scooped up a boatload of water in a sudden gust, leaving Nutshell to claim the win, chased to the finish by Hamlet and Shogun.

It had been a super day's racing in a fleet of boats which had mostly been rescued from death row. One had been earmarked for the bonfire, one for a garden planter and one rescued from a council refuse tip. All now rebuilt, updated and racing hard as the designers intended

Thanks to George in the rescue boat for the photos in the gallery above.

Overall Results:

PosBoatSail NoClubHelmCrewR1R2R3Pts
1stNutshell1742Fishers GreenJon StewardAnnabelle Steward‑2213
1stHamlet3185Fishers Green SCChris HillGabe Hill‑4123
3rdBad Dog3232Fishers Green SCGodfrey ClarkLouis Lappage1(DNC)45
4thShogun3055Fishers Green SCNick YannakoyorgosMatteo Mancini3‑536
5thMasquarade995TamesisMathew JonesRosie Jones‑7358
6thCream Cracker2997Fishers Green SCPaul RaysonClaire Bancroft64‑710
7thPassion3314Fishers Green SCRichard CoulterNathan Allen57(DNF)12
7thPatriot3216Fishers Green SCSteve ConroyRoberto Mancini‑86612
9thAttila the Hunt2410 Ian LambAndrew Hunt‑98816

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